Friday 15 December 2017

Further audits will ensure issue can never be ignored

Michael Kelly

THERE can be little doubt that the audits into the six Catholic dioceses show that great progress has been made in creating a culture within the Catholic Church where the protection and welfare of children is put before the preservation of clerical privilege, the reputation of the church or the avoidance of scandal, so widely exposed in the judicial reports into the dioceses of Ferns (2005), Dublin (2009) and Cloyne (2010).

As well as progress noted, however, the audits show that the culture of cover-up was widespread across the church in Ireland.

While the progress that has been identified by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church is immense, it has been a long time coming.

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